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Black babies are dying at a rate 7 times higher than white babies in Cleveland

Posted June 23, 2020 in Articles

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Cuyahoga County Council moved a step closer to declaring racism a public health crisis, and a local organization, First Year Cleveland, hopes it's a step toward reducing the infant mortality rate... read more

Babies of color face challenges that deny them strong start in life, new national report says

Posted June 15, 2020 in Articles

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Infants and toddlers of color are more likely to be born prematurely, have low birth weight and live in challenging environments, according to a recent national report. The State of Babies Yearbook: 2020,... read more

‘Long overdue’: lawmakers declare racism a public health emergency

Posted June 12, 2020 in Articles

Black and Brown Americans are susceptible to higher rates of infant mortality, heart disease and even an advanced aging process. Long before a white police officer killed George Floyd and sparked nationwide outrage, long before Covid-19... read more

City of Cleveland takes heed, declares racism a public health crisis

Posted June 11, 2020 in Articles

CLEVELAND, Ohio – In October 2019, during a summit on equality, YWCA of Greater Cleveland and First Year Cleveland made the call for Cleveland to declare racism a public health crisis. Eight months later, in the... read more

Declaring racism a health crisis in Cleveland a start; real work will be finding the solutions (includes link to press conference)

Posted June 06, 2020 in Articles

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Members of Cleveland City Council and community leaders said Friday that passage of a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis is a bold move, but also just a start. They acknowledged that... read more

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